What was originally known for over 100 years as Ellen Street runs along the southern boundary of the Maxwell vineyards. Situated between this road and the winery is a small vineyard of craggy, gnarled Shiraz vines planted in 1953. Every year these vines bear some of the best fruit on the estate, however in very small quantities, with an average crop of less than 2 tonnes per acre.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Deeply coloured, with extremely ripe aromas of blackberry jam, prune, bitter chocolate a healthy dose of mocha oak; the palate is dense, dark and chewy and full-blooded, with a lingering mocha note to conclude. Rating 90 - Drink by 2020 - Ben Edwards, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep dark-red and purple colours indicate the concentration of this premium Shiraz.
Varietal aromas of blueberry, plum and dark chocolate intertwine with aniseed, vanilla bean and sweet spice.
The palate shows good fruit intensity and opulence. A generous and complex wine supported by careful integration of American oak. Fine long tannins provide
excellent structure, elegance and poise, creating a refined well-balanced palate and prolonged finish.
Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 6 to 8 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed
exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars over 10 years.